We are tackling union lawlessness and thuggery and taking action to make union bosses more transparent and accountable.

By doing this we are supporting productive, co-operative workplaces.

RESTORING THE BUILDING WATCHDOG

We’re protecting more than 1.1 million construction workers and around 380,000 small businesses from CFMMEU thuggery.

Since re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission, the number of days lost to industrial action in this industry has fallen by over 50%.

We’ve also ended the union veto over vital new infrastructure projects.

TAKING A STAND AGAINST LAW BREAKING

Currently, officials of unions and employer associations can keep their position even when they repeatedly break the law or commit serious criminal offences.

Clearly, some unions don’t respect the law. For example, the CFMMEU has racked up over 2,200 breaches and more than $17 million in court ordered penalties.

Union lawlessness is estimated to add up to 30% to the cost of building schools, hospitals, roads and other vital infrastructure.

Our Ensuring Integrity Bill would give courts more power to disqualify lawbreaking officials and cancel the registration of law breaking organisations.

Unfortunately, Labor has blocked the Bill from passing.

MORE ACCOUNTABILITY

We’ve introduced a new Registered Organisations Commission.

This regulator protects around 2 million workers who are members of a union or employer association.

The Commission requires unions and their dealings to be transparent and accountable to the members they serve.

BANNING SECRET PAYMENTS

The Liberal and Nationals Government banned secret and corrupting payments between employers and unions.

In recent years, evidence has emerged of a raft of dodgy payments that have left workers worse off – some involving payments by employers to the AWU when
Mr Shorten was its leader.

PROTECTING TRUCK DRIVERS

The Liberal and Nationals Government abolished the union-friendly tribunal that threatened the livelihoods of around 35,000 owner-operator truck drivers.

PROTECTING CFA VOLUNTEERS

The Liberal and Nationals Government changed the law to protect around 60,000 Country Fire Authority volunteer firefighters from a hostile union takeover.

PROTECTING VULNERABLE WORKERS

We’ve also changed the law to protect vulnerable workers from unscrupulous employers by giving the regulator more powers and increasing penalties by up to ten-fold.

Information current as at February 2020